I want to be a street namer.
I want to name your neighborhoods.
Neighborhoods, much like apartment complexes, must entice future dwellers with their name. The name must evoke feelings of calm, peace, nature and relaxation, right? Even if the name grossly mismatches what you will find behind the welcoming sign, people are drawn to the area. If your neighborhood is “Mountain Breeze Cove” and there is not a mountain in sight, you will at least FEEL like there is a mountain every time you say your neighborhood’s name. That is what is most important. Your feelings. If you are still not sure what I mean, please take a look at the pictures I shot this weekend of some apartment complexes I came across:
Roundhill, huh? Well, I will see about that! Here in the Houston area the land is mostly flat everywhere you look, but if you say there is a hill, and a round one at that, I will try to find it.
That’s all I found. I think that really just qualifies as a small mound of dirt with some grass. Pretty sure “Small Mound of Dirt With Some Grass Townhomes” wouldn’t bring the people in droves.
Let’s move on.
Doesn’t this make you feel like you are right by the ocean? The water is blue beneath your feet. See it? You can count on there being lots of palms right around the sign, if a complex is named this way. So, my investigation involved trying to locate other palms on the property.
Here’s what I found:
Lastly, I present to you this very nice stone entrance that is certainly featured in all of the apartment guides in the Houston area.
“Honey! Let’s go check out THIS place! I bet they have a beautiful park and stone EVERYWHERE!! I am so excited to check it out. Here we go, here we go…we’re almost there…”
“Honey? Where’s the stone?”
The streets and neighborhoods I would name would be very honest. In my neighborhood, I would call them all “Street One”, “Street Two” and so on until the streets were populated. After everyone moved in on Street One, for example, I would then either poll the house or just stake them all out to see what information I could gather.
Uh-huh. Alright. The inhabitants of 300 Street One are a nice little family with two young kids. Next door at 302 is a seedy-looking man with two dogs. Down the street at 311 is an older woman with 15 cats. I would scribble all of these observations down in my Trapper Keeper and then start daydreaming about the most appropriate name for that street. Given that one name coudn’t certainly not fit all, I would probably settle for changing Street One to “Furball Way” or “Cat Court” or “Seedy Street”. My ideas are endless on this one, so let’s just switch to neighborhood names now.
Yes, in my neighborhoods and streets, people, you will know what you are in for as soon as you see the sign. There will be no trickery involved. Here are a list of some of my up and coming developments: